Gov. Mike Leavitt, speaking to the Public Lands Council, pitched his "enlibra" plan for environmental policy-making.
The enlibra policy was developed by Republican Leavitt and Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. It calls for greater citizen and industry involvement in environmental policy questions and more latitude for local governments in how they follow federal rules."Enlibra will become a road map to solve problems," Leavitt said Thursday. "It will help in legislation and become a means by which legislators and stakeholders are able to resolve disputes."
Leavitt and other governors hope it will become part of the American political lexicon and a philosophical foundation.
"We'll have to deal with the federal government, but there has to be more local control," Leavitt said.
Some may consider enlibra too "green" or too conservative, Leavitt said.
There has to be a philosophy between those on two bumper stickers Leavitt saw while driving one day. One said, "Earth First! We'll mine the other planets later," and "Save the Planet. Kill yourself."
Something needs to change in light of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument declaration, Leavitt suggested.
It will be up to the American people to see that states have more say in such decisions, Leavitt said.
"Many states sold responsibility for what seemed to be an endless supply of government money," Leavitt said.
Leavitt also spoke again in behalf of a regional presidential primary.
In New Hampshire, presidential candidates are everywhere, with media on every corner, while, "meantime, we have the West, which is left out of the process of selecting the leader of the free world," Leavitt said.
"The process of nominating presidential candidates (would) shift to the West, moving to the East," he added. "Candidates will come to Boise, Twin Falls (Idaho) and Colorado Springs."
During a brief question-answer session, Leavitt said he has no interest in running in a Western or any other presidential primary.
"For the year 2000, if I won the ballot anywhere, it would be as (Utah) governor," he said.